Blue Bonnet Review

A Literary Journal Featuring Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction by Talented Writers Around the Globe

A literary journal featuring poetry, fiction and nonfiction by writers around the globe. 

Anything but Free

Richard King Perkins II

Nothing should have happened
but when our legs brushed beneath chairs
it brought the latent resolve of our eyes together
and more.
There is nothing that could have contained
all that followed,
what could obscure such candescence—?
When you laid back
against a scattering of cushions
and showed yourself unreservedly
I recall the smallness of your frame
and the first notion
that I would die with you
a thousand years from now
and that it would occur
even though it shouldn’t
because phantom spiders had bound
our legs together with the strength
of their inescapable silken chains
and we never thought
for a moment
we were anything
but free.